We face major disruptions and challenges - as individuals, groups, organisations, communities large and small.
Whether we are more concerned about challenges close to home or about massive global challenges, they may feel just too big and overwhelming. Maybe we feel fear and despair.
The world is big. I am small. It’s pointless. Hopeless.
That's not how I see it.
I am +1. That's it - just one person. And as one person, I do have influence. I some small way, my every thought and action influences a world. Yes a world - that bit of the world which is close to me, which I am in contact with. I can do something about that.
So every day I can practice making my influence a creative, life sustaining one. Or not. I decide. Practice doesn’t make me perfect but it does feel enriching.
I choose to live as well as I can in the present, pains and all. I notice the past but try not to be constrained by it. I lean into the future to sense what is emerging. And I choose to live and work in a way which helps other people do that too.
With you and for you.
Notice what unites more than what divides • Be patient, resilient and determined • Invite genuine community • Choose words thoughtfully • Create emotional and physical safety • Listen deeply, calmly and with respect • Face conflict courageously • Be generous in thought and action • Try to forgive • Seek and speak truth as it is known • Know that everything is interdependent • Be open to discovery • Let go of what no longer helps, sense what the future invites
This is practice not perfection, it is practical not theoretical and is dynamic not static.
Cultivating this practice in thought, speech and action is the best way I know of protecting myself - and of responding to the tendency towards hatred, anger, prejudice and fear and other destructive behaviour, in me and in others.
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